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Outdoors

Camping? Who needs it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By CHRIS ERSKINE Los Angeles Times GEM LAKE, Calif. — I don’t feel the need to camp ever again. Love the hiking, the visuals, the air. But the gritty, fire-smoked world of a backcountry bedroom? You can keep it. And tents? I’m so done with tents. Assuming you can even set one up properly, its spindle ribs neither color-coded nor … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. … 0

Area residents join call for action

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Though he is an environmental lawyer by day, what pushed Easthampton resident Ben Kurtzman to attend the People’s Climate March was inspiration from his 6-year-old daughter, Clare. At school, he said, she is learning about animal habitats that are becoming endangered by climate change and is growing concerned. … 0

Speaking of Nature: There’s a new vulture in town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back in the fall of 1986, I entered the wildlife biology program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with so much to learn. My head contained a smattering of information about the birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and fish that … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Volunteers needed for Source to Sea Cleanup Volunteers age 7 and older will gather for the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls. Most volunteers collect trash on foot and … 0

Voices of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits, and a Connecticut warbler were in Northampton. Over the last two days, more than 2,500 broad-winged hawks were seen migrating over Blueberry Hill in Granville. Three … 0

Speaking of Nature: The cricket moon

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The last glorious days of summer are upon us. September is here and the world has taken on a definite and delightful quality that is distinct and easy to hear. Many of our birds are preparing to leave … 0

Kids & Critters: Ambush bugs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now that school is in back in session, we can all start our new classes and meet our new teachers. I always enjoyed learning new things in English, math and history, but when I was a boy, I … 0

Said & Done: A Monhegan Island exploration

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Said & Done this week is written on the occasion of the writer’s 92nd birthday. A year ago, sister Caroline and best friend Poesy Barlow treated me to a saltwater trip from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island off … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Eight common mergansers, six blue-winged teal, a sanderling, a pectoral sandpiper, a yellow-billed cuckoo and an olive-sided flycatcher were seen in Longmeadow. Two great egrets, a golden plover, two semipalmated plovers, two lesser yellowlegs and a … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hike Chesterfield Gorge Pioneer Valley Institute president Richard Little will lead a four-hour hike through the Chesterfield Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. The hike is free for current PVI members and $5 (checks only please) for the general public. It will concentrate on the … 0

Speaking of Nature: West Basin birds

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I had been so mesmerized by the loon that I completely forgot about my camera bag. It was only when I turned back to look for it that I realized how far I had walked. The bag was … 0